August 23, 2013


Kentucky Mineral Law Conference – October 23-25, 2013
Online registration is now available for the annual Kentucky Mineral Law Conference at the Hyatt Regency Hotel and Lexington Center in downtown Lexington, KY.  Go to https://emlf.org for complete program information, registration, and hotel reservations.  The program chair is David Morrison, Steptoe & Johnson, Bridgeport, WV; Coal Chair is Eric Waller, Patriot Coal Services, Charleston, WV; and the Oil & Gas Chair is Kevin Ellis, Antero Resources Corporation, Ellenboro, WV.  Brochures will be arriving soon.

Law Student Registration for Kentucky Mineral Law Conference
EMLF is offering registration fee waivers for the Kentucky Mineral Law Conference to five (5) law students at each of its member law schools.  Member schools are also invited to set up a display table during the conference, providing information about their school, their energy law publications, and student organizations at no charge.  On Thursday, October 24, the EMLF will host a get-acquainted breakfast for all law students attending the conference. For more information contact the EMLF at info@emlf.org

Not sure if your school is a member of the EMLF?

Go to https://emlf.org/index.php?src=gendocs&ref=schools&category=About

Law school membership is $100 per year, and confers eligibility for law student scholarships, registration discounts for students, and Energy Careers programs in your law school.

Back to Law School . . . With a Few Extra $$$
Supporting law student education through scholarships is one of the Foundation’s highest goals.   Since the inception of the law student scholarship program, the Foundation has awarded $542,000 in scholarships.

This year the EMLF awarded $60,000 in scholarships for the 2013-2014 academic year to the following students:

  • David W. Cias, Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law
  • Margaret Coulter, American University, Washington College of Law
  • Aaron K. Friess, Washburn University School of Law
  • Jonathan B. Hollan, University of Louisville, Brandeis School of Law
  • Michael J. Howard, University of Colorado Law School
  • George McIntyre, West Virginia University College of Law
  • Sunu M. Pillai, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • Seth C. Rasmussen, Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law
  • Peter Thompson, Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law
  • Ryan M. Watson, West Virginia University College of Law

The majority (74%) of the total scholarship awards are funded by annual operating income from program registrations and membership dues.  The scholarship program began in 1984, awarding $2000 annually.  For the past two years, the scholarships awards have totaled $50,000, and this year the EMLF was able to award $60,000, due in part to an $85,000 contribution provided through the Cabot Settlement Proceeds, established for WVU law students.  Scholarships include the $1000 Paul N. Bowles Scholarship, the $1000 James H. Davis Scholarship, the $2000 Sean Cassidy Scholarship, and the $2000 Mary Sue Schulberg Scholarship.

Featured EMLF Member Law Schools
Each month the EMLF is showcasing one of its member law schools with a link from our home page to the law school’s website.

This month’s featured law school is Appalachian School of Law, located in Grundy, VA.  For the past six years, students on ASL’s Natural Resources Law Journal have performed the cite and source check for the Foundation’s annual Energy & Mineral Law Institute.  With its strong curriculum and emphasis on natural resources law, ASL is presenting The Governor’s First Biennial Natural Resources and Energy Law Symposium on September 23, 2013 at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon, VA.

For more information, please visit http://www.asl.edu/JD-Program/Natural-Resources-Law/Natural-Resources-and-Energy-Law-Symposium.html

EMLF Law School Programs – Careers in Energy Law
Each year EMLF volunteers spend some time at member law schools, encouraging students to consider a career in energy law by giving brief presentations on their daily work and showing students the wide variety of practice areas that energy lawyers enjoy.  Students also learn about the EMLF and student memberships, the availability of scholarships, and discounted and free registration at EMLF educational programs.  If you would like to volunteer to speak at one of these programs, just contact sharon@emlf.org. No written materials required! 

So far the following Energy Careers programs have been scheduled:

  • September 10, 2013 – University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, KY
  • October 7, 2013 – Appalachian School of Law, Grundy, VA
  • November 4, 2013 – West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, WV
  • November 12, 2013 – Duquesne University Law School, Pittsburgh, PA
  • November 12, 2013 – University of Pittsburgh School of Law,  Pittsburgh, PA
  • November 18, 2013 – Penn State University, Dickinson School of Law, University Park, PA

Welcome to New EMLF Members
New Sustaining Members:
Jim Bourbeau Land Service: James R. Bourbeau, Conneaut Lake, PA; Steven T. Eakin, Canonsburg, PA; Elaine Grieser, Conneaut Lake, PA; Daniel G. Hruska, Conneaut Lake, PA; Amy Leonardo, Canonsburg, PA; Randy Littlecott, Canonsburg, PA; Johna Bourbeau Oates, Conneaut Lake, PA; Eric J. Peebles, Conneaut Lake, PA; Michael D. Robinson, Westerville, OH; Carol Sheets, Westerville, OH; Jentry Bourbeau Whiteman, Conneaut Lake, PA

Roetzel & Andress:  Robert B. Casarona, Cleveland, OH; Shane A. Farolino, Akron, OH; Randall J. Moore, Akron, OH

New Supporting Members:
Gemondo & McQuiggan, LLP: Christopher Gemondo, Patrick McQuiggan, Pittsburgh, PA

Husch Blackwell: Kyle C. Barry, St. Louis, MO; W.C. Blanton, Kansas City, MO; Bradley S. Hiles, St. Louis, MO

Perkins Coie LLP: I. Bobby Majumder, Dallas, TX; Robert A. Maynard, Boise, ID

Baker Botts L.L.P.:  Mark R. Robeck, Washington, DC; J. Barton Seitz, Washington, DC, Richard B. Harper, New York, NY

Baker & McKenzie LLP:  Michael J. Byrd, Houston, TX; Louis J. Davis, Houston, TX; Glen F. White, Houston, TX

New Contributing Members:
William G. Deadman, Attorney at Law, Columbus, OH; Jesse R. Pierce, Pierce & O’Neill, LLP, Houston, TX ; Mary A. Viviano, Vantage Energy LLC, Englewood, CO; Alan D. Wenger, Harrington, Hoppe & Mitchell, LTD., Youngstown, OH

New Associate Members:
Christopher D. Carlson, Wrangler Land Services, Inc., Saratoga Springs, NY; Bill Eischeid, Gulfport Energy Corporation, Oklahoma City, OK; Gene J. Frasco, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, The Woodlands, TX; Adam C. Hellwig, Attorney at Law, Portville, NY; Sherry S. House, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, Houston, TX; Lorien E. Pye, Lorien Pye Resources Inc., Tucson, AZ and Orange, NJ; Tom Sarkus, Division Director, U.S. Dept. of Energy, Pittsburgh, PA; Kyle S. Witucky, Stubbins, Watson & Bryan Co. LPA, Zanesville, OH

New Law Student Members:
American University Washington College of Law: Margaret Coulter; Appalachian School of Law:  Kati S. Asbury, Alexander H. Ballin, Monique A. Braun, Kevin Briscoe, Kourtney Brock, Piper Doeppe, Paul D. Howard, Christina N. Kostenko, Matthew D. Matney, Sabrina M. Mullins, Alexandra D. Powers, Staci L. Shelton-Montgomery, Erin N. Thacker, Vinita V. Thacker; Capital University Law School:  Robert Dove, Rhonda L. Pitsch, Michael T. Roney; Duquesne University School of Law: Zachary D. Bombatch; Ohio State University: Kevin P. Hidas; Oklahoma University School of Law: Paul F. Ovono; Penn State Dickinson School of Law: John Francis Higgins; SMU Dedman School of Law: David Cias, Seth Rasmussen, Peter Thompson; University of Colorado Law School: Michael Joseph Howard; University of Louisville, Brandeis School of Law: Jonathan B. Hollan; University of Pittsburgh School of Law: Sunu M. Pillai; Washburn University School of Law: Anthony J. Ford, Aaron K. Friess; Washington University School of Law: Danelle M. Gagliardi; West Virginia University School of Law: Ryan Michael Watson


Join EMLF!

Membership in the Energy & Mineral Law Foundation is open to anyone who is concerned with issues pertaining to the energy industry.

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